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Praxis offers webinar and in-person training for programs organizing an end to violence against women in rural communities. We are ...
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Praxis can work with your organization individually on specific problems, organize a private consultation session with a group of practitioners ...
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These public awareness campaigns, developed by and for rural communities, use multi-faceted approaches to challenge your community to take action ...
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Rural Technical Assistance Providers

In addition to your state, Tribal, and territory coalitions, Rural communities have access to free or low-cost training and support ...
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Welcome, rural grantees! Since 1998, Praxis has been providing training, technical assistance (TA) and networking opportunities to rural communities funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

About Rural Grantees

You are a rural grantee if your community gets grant funds from the Rural Program of the federal Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). Praxis provides technical assistance to those rural grantees; we currently work with more than 100 rural organizations across the country including tribes and territories.

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Rural grantees are working to implement strategies to protect women and their children who live in diverse locations such as small towns, migrant camps, pueblos, reservations, ranches, mining areas, fishing villages, and farming communities. Some grantees operate in extremely remote areas, some in rural cities, and others are implementing regional or statewide projects. Grantees are a mix of nonprofit advocacy programs, tribal and state governments, law enforcement and prosecution agencies, child protection and other social service agencies, and statewide coalitions and organizations. Projects have been funded to develop or implement advocacy programs, safe shelters, criminal/civil justice coordinated community responses, advocacy and child protection collaborations, public awareness/prevention activities, law enforcement and prosecution projects, and programs that reach specific communities.

Read more about rural grantees and their successes and challenges in addressing violence against women in our recent rural TA needs assessment: 

Enhancing Technical Assistance to Rural Program Grantees Responding to Violence Against Women: A Report to the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice

Prepared by Praxis International: Maren Woods, Praxis International, Melanie Shepard, Ph.D., Consultant, Lucy Pope, Ph.D., Consultant; with contributions by Jane Sadusky, Consultant; and Julie Tilley and Janice Wick, Praxis International

About the Praxis Rural Technical Assistance Project

Rural domestic violence and sexual assault advocates and practitioners face geographic, political, and philosophical isolation in their work to end violence against women. Few trainings and resources about rural problems and strategies have been developed. Praxis organized the Rural Technical Assistance Project to help reduce the sense of isolation by providing peer-to-peer discussion, training and resources that focus on successful rural strategies.

About the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)

The Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, was created in 1995 to implement the 1994 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and to lead the national effort to stop domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. Through grantee programs, the Office supports a wide range of services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking, including: advocacy, emergency shelter, law enforcement protection, and legal aid.

Office on Violence Against Women

About the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) with bipartisan support in 1994. This important piece of legislation contains a broad array of groundbreaking measures to combat violence against women. It combines tough penalties with programs to rehabilitate offenders and also provides assistance to women and their children.

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VAWA was developed by community groups and activists who had been working for many years to provide assistance to the millions of women and children living with and surviving physical, sexual, and emotional abuse in their homes. Passage of the Act was an historic event; it was the first national or international piece of legislation to attempt and fund such a comprehensive range of legal and human service measures that address the issue of violence against women and their children.

VAWA link

This project is supported by Grant #2015-TA-AX-K057 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed on this website are those of the author/presenter(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice.
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My challenge has always been how to make a small statewide program with limited resources truly statewide. I now have some ideas from which to build a strategic plan thanks to Praxis!

February 23, 2016

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Quote from Ellen Pence, founding director
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"Our role is never to help the legal system manage cases or women's lives--it is to continue to make women's real experiences visible and to make women's safety a goal of legal intervention and the responsibility of the community. We must resist the forces that swallow up social movements and their their transforming agendas." 

April 28, 2016